We made a last minute booking on the Seabourn Odyssey out of Singapore and bound for Dubai. We were disappointed when booking that the only suites left were ocean view A1, however when we boarded and sailed we realised that the internal layout is the same as the verandah suites, less the verandah but with a 5 feet window. We didn't feel disadvantaged at all.
Embarkation for us was very smooth, but there were problems with some of the computers which held up embarkation process for some passengers.
Ocean view suite very well laid out - bathroom with shower and bath, and two handbasins and roomy enough for the two of us. A dinky little dressing table with drawer in the suite itself - very handy. King size bed - very comfortable - a table and two tub chairs big enough for room service meals, and a nice sofa. Plenty of cupboard space, and even a large walk in robe with a safe. Excellent amenities.
Our suite was kept in spotless order from our room steward - she was however new and this did cause some problems with replenishing (soft drinks, bathrobes after being laundered, and soap etc.)
Dining was a mixed bag - the Main Dining Room fare we didn't feel overall was as good as we would have expected, however the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the casual Colonnades (inside and outside on the deck) were always outstanding, as was the service. We liked that in the evenings, the Colonnades turned into a classy dining venue with white cloths and candles on the tables - it was especially wonderful out on the back deck on warm evenings.
We tried room service a couple of times - it was very good, and the room service breakfast was always on time, and to our amazement - hot.
A couple of nights we tried the Grill Restaurant on the deck but it was generally windy so we preferred the Colonnades where it seemed to have more protection.
We tried the gym but it was crowded, especially on the treadmills, and we felt that they could have allowed a bigger space with more of the popular treadmills.
The shore excursions varied - the full day in Mumbai was amazing - Goa was good as was Cochin, but I wouldn't bother with Mangalore if I had a choice. Both tours in Oman were good but not spectacular.
We especially liked the Bridge lessons with our card-playing Frank as the teacher - he was a great teacher and a wonderful joke-teller!!
Considering the size of the ship and the number of guests (650) we were pleasantly surprised that the shows on the whole were great - we missed a couple of nights, but overall they were worth seeing. The Odyssey Singers and Dancers were excellent as well.
We loved the Odyssey - one criticism of Seabourn is the policy (mentioned in another March review) of the men having to wear jackets on all but 3 evenings. Given that this was a "warm" cruise, we felt it not appropriate, and a bit old fashioned.
Personally also I didn't like the quaint idea in the Main Dining Room of ladies being escorted to a table, with their partner trailing along behind. This was in fact one of the reasons (apart from the food) which kept us out of the Main Dining Room.
However in saying this, we thoroughly enjoyed the Odyssey and can highly recommend it.
Would we sail again with Seabourn - yes we will, and have in fact paid a deposit on board to sail on another voyage of our choice.
Well done Seabourn.